I am just finishing up my first week in Thailand and I thought I would give you a quick update on life on the other side of the world. Being a Kindergarten and Pre School teacher is proving to be much harder than expected and I suddenly have the upmost respect for my kindergarten teacher (shout out Mrs. Gurney). I mean at least I spoke the same language as her though right? So teaching is difficult but also pretty darn cute. These kids have such personalities at such a young age. I love them so much already, even though sometimes I want to yell at them. I have always loved kids, but mostly babies...I struggle when they start to get some sass. So basically I am teaching the age of kids I am not a fan of. But, they make me a mix of happy exhaustion most days. I have this student Lily, and her dad is Scottish, so she already speaks English and she is just sooooooo funny. She hates everything, and is bored with every activity I try to do with her, but she makes up for her bad attitude with wit and adult conversation. Today we went on a field trip to the Airport and it was a little much. NO ONE here speaks English (except the guy at the crepe stand, but that's another story) So basically I spent 4 hours with everyone speaking a language I didn't understand and speaking to me and telling me to do things and I just stared at them blankly all day. Lily was really my only companion and she once again had a terrible attitude and wasn't much fun. It was fun but hard. I think I finally understand why my kids just stare at me in Pre K, because I am literally just making sounds at them and they have NO CLUE what I am saying. My fellow teachers are just the cutest. I really lucked out with having super chill girls that can handle my personality. We all get along really well and never stop laughing. We are all so different which is sooooo cool. I love them already and definetly think I will have some life long friends after these 4 months.
In non school news, I love where I live. It's about 2 minutes from this jungle-y, forest-y, beautiful-y area. There is a river and bridges and as many smoothie shops as your little heart can handle. It is so fun to just go explore and write. I have so much free time in a given day and so I end up just thinking and writing most of the time, it is a blessing and a curse. While being here I've done so much thinking, about everything. Today I have just been overwhelmed with this feeling of being proud of myself. I feel like I have overcome so much, and am still overcoming some battles obvi. I just love that I have this personality where I feel the need to do things. I wanted to go to Bali, so I did it. I wanted to live in Thailand, so I did it. I wanted to write a book, so I am writing one. I made all these things that seemed so impossible, possible. What an amazing lesson to learn at such a young age. I think that sometimes people my age can get in this mindset that you can't travel, or that you have to stay in school and then you start a family...but there is so much more to life. I love that I am a do-er. I am out here doing what I always said I would do, I am living my life exactly how I want to, unapologetic-ally. I feel like everyone reaches this point in their life, where they realize that they really can do anything...they just have to do it, and how COOL is it that I realized this at 22? I don't know I just love who I am and although I have so many things to work on I an honestly say with 100% assurance that I love who I am, an who I am becoming. I'm glad you're with me on this random journey, cause I kind of like you folks.
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Next stop Thailand (and a couple of connecting flights)